The Stark County Prosecutor John D. Ferrero's office has announced guilty pleas in the bust of two local casinos after an investigation revealed they were distributing cash payouts on mmachines.
According to the press release, Paul and Debra Kasapis, who owned the Lucky Fox in Jackson Township and the El Dorado City of Gold in Canton Township, were paying cash to winners of video slots and other gambling machines. They were supposed to, under Ohio law, only be paying out vouchers for prizes worth less than $10.00.
Ohio state law prohibits cash payouts outside of the four commercial casinos in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Columbus, and also racinos within the state.
The investigation resulted in the closure of both the Lucky Fox and the El Dorado City of Gold, and the seizure of over $700,000 in assets and cash, 400 gambling machines, cars and other vehicles, and personal property.
Paul and Debra Pasapis have been charged and pleaded guilty to two fifth degree felony charges of Operation of Illegal Casino, two first degree misdemeanor counts of Gambling, and two first degree misdemeanor counts of Operation of a Gambling House.